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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!
Posted on July 27th, 2020
If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Bullard Dental, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Jonathan Bullard can help protect your kids from tooth decay.
Kids and Cavities
In the back teeth, there are numerous nooks and crannies that toothbrushes can’t quite get to. Referred to as pits and fissures, these areas on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars are particularly susceptible to tooth decay in children between the ages of 6 and 14. Food can easily get stuck in the tiny grooves and remain for long periods of time, which, combined with bacteria, creates the perfect environment for tooth decay and cavities.
How Dental Sealants Can Help
Dental sealants are thin coatings of plastic applied directly to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. By covering areas where pit and fissure cavities are likely to form, dental sealants effectively seal out tooth decay and prevent cavities in these areas. Dental sealants are an excellent boost for dental health. Dr. Bullard recommends that Augusta children get sealants as soon as their first and second sets of permanent molars come in (usually at 6 and 12 years of age, respectively).
The process is quick and painless:
The first step involves cleaning and drying the teeth that are to be sealed.
Next, an acid solution is used to roughen the tooth surface and promote the sealant’s adhesion, followed by a rinse and drying.
Finally, the sealant is painted directly onto the enamel (outer layer of the teeth) and allowed to dry and harden. A curing light may be used to help speed up the process.
Although sealants are most commonly used for children, they can also benefit adults who are cavity-prone. Give us a call at Bullard Dental to find out how dental sealants can protect your family’s smiles!
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Written by Dr. Bullard
Dr. Bullard graduated cum laude from Augusta State University with a business administration and management degree. He served as vice president of his dental class at the Medical College of Georgia where he attained his DMD degree. Rather than entering into private practice directly after dental school, he furthered his education by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center here in Augusta. Here he enriched his skills in diagnosis and treatment planning, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Bullard is currently an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is also in the process of attaining Diplomate Status in the American Board of Implant Dentistry. Diplomate Status in the ABOI is an internationally recognized achievement that involves hundreds of hours of dental implant training and multiple written and oral exams.
Dr. Bullard is an active member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Augusta Dental Society.